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Mattel Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
263 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life at Mattel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The fun, globally recognized brands and the half day Fridays

    Cons

    Incredibly political and disjointed. Too big so no one talks to each other and the internal fighting leads to duplicated efforts and wasted time talking to ourselves/ selling in ideas internally.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Temp for 3 years!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people overall. Fun brands to work on. Fairly good work/life balance. Big company=big budgets on projects.

    Cons

    I was a temp here for 3 years and never given a staff job despite stellar reviews from internal clients and lots of success in my dept. I blame blatant self preservation tactics of management (eliminate threats) and general stinginess of company for benefits. LOTS of "perma temps" at Mattel that get NO paid time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review temps on a regular basis and if they are good, give them the staff position they deserve. Even if that means cutting dead weight from existing staff. Or at least give them some sick days for crying out loud!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unorganized, going downhill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Summer Fridays every week (ends at 1pm)
    50% discount on toys
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Very political and hierarchical
    Can't get anything done to really turn the company around
    Execs more concerned with their bonuses and manipulating stock price than the company
    Just a little cog in a huge decaying machine
    Promotions are slow and process is not transparent
    A lot of nepotism and favoritism
    Don't really care about their employees
    Promotion is about who you know and suck up to not about performance
    Long work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn the company around
    Stop paying your most senior executives such huge salaries and bonuses
    Stop constantly reorganizing and restructuring - causes chaos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Working at Mattel

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    Current Employee - Professional in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Professional in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Half day fridays are the best

    Cons

    Upper management is rewarded for bad decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Some good people and perks, but terrible management

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    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    halfday fridays, absolutely the best thing

    lots of celebrations with free food, as long as you don't mind that people are being laid off while everyone is given cupcakes and dancers are hired

    lots of clubs and charity work

    Cafeteria is decent

    Cons

    The company is outdated and paranoid and doesn't really care about its people or understand its market. They haven't had a hit toy in ages and they're panicked. The organization is bloated, and the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

    The day starts at 8AM, for real.

    The company feels like a cult.

    They reorg and lay people off all the time. If Christmas isn't good, don't go there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and trust your people. Stop wasting money with silly spending and too much bureaucracy, and invest in some new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company to work for. Recent decline in sales has left everyone paranoid and depressed.

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Half day fridays. Smart colleagues. Great salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Very competitive. A lot like Survivor. Hard to know who to trust. You can easily languish for years without a promotion and just as easily be cut at the first downturn in sales. Not a very loyal company. I've seen really good people let go for no reason and a lot of bad people stay because of their alliances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to care about your employees as much as you care about yourself. Self-preservation should not be your number 1 goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not a production company

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Time off policies are flexible
    -Family Friendly

    Cons

    -Treat their freelancers like second class citizens
    -Tons of corporate politics
    -No room for upward mobility in production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to get reviewed on how the team is growing and how we can improve. In my time at Mattel, I only ever received negative feedback in the case of a misstep and rarely in a positive light. It would also be great if Mattel could give a clearer path of career growth as well as assigned responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits and co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, ample vacation time, creative environment, half day Fridays

    Cons

    A draconian IP policy that dictates anything we create during our off-hours that could be seen as having a toy application belongs to the company and they consider anything from a children's book to a killer robot as their intellectual property of Mattel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current executive leadership team inspires neither confidence or loyalty. Clean house and hire some leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience at Mattel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great. There is a lot of potential for growth. Many people are understanding and willing to hear you out. Very understanding about having a life outside of work and willing to work with you in order to keep work life balance great.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to move up if the timing isn't right. There are many factors that are involved in whether you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You rarely see upper management, and they do not help the people that are under them with their growth. They also don't take the time to get to know the employees unless you are at their level, and they act as if they sit on a throne.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship; if you're interviewing, run!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1/2 day Fridays and good cafeteria
    Did I say1/2 day Friday

    Cons

    Highly political and toxic environment. poor leadership consisting of good old boys club including most of the C-levels. Most came from Kraft and scratched each other's back. You'll find ferraris, Porsches, Astons parked on the 2nd floor garage while the rest are paid peanuts. What a shame...

    It doesn't take rocket science to figure out future is in digital and it's almost 2015 and this company is wasting time w traditional toys. Shows the weakness of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sink this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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